Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 - 2018 USATT Coach of the Year

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Story Time!

Learn about Fred's weakest moment!

Story #1
Fred dominated the match against Bob with a 3-0 win:  11-2, 11-8, 11-6.  In the last few points of the third game, Bob didn’t even try because he didn’t have an answer for Fred’s dominant forehand smash.  It was just so powerful that Fred hit winners about 80% of the time.  Bob’s only hope was when Fred missed.
Story #2
Fred dominated the start of the match against Bob, leading 2-0 in games and 10-6 in the third.  Bob didn’t give up and put out his best effort to return Fred’s smashes.  After building a 2-0  10-6 lead, Fred THOUGHT that it was over and became sloppy.  He missed an easy smash at 10-6… no problem.  Then surprisingly, a determined Bob blocked back a smash at 10-7.  At 10-8, Fred missed another smash.  Then Fred decided to “play it safe” and just pushed; which allowed Bob to start looping.  Throughout the course of the next couple games, Fred was angry and frustrated with himself for blowing 4 match points and eventually losing the match.  Fred’s sloppy play at 10-6 caused him to lose, and Bob’s determination at 10-6 put him in the right position to win!
These 2 scenarios happen at nearly every tournament.  Many Bobs (like in the first scenario) give up after they feel that they can’t win.  Many Bobs (like in the second scenario) have amazing comebacks because they realize that they truly CAN come back; and that comeback can fuel the fire for the next 2 games!